If you're of a certain age, there's a good chance you'll glance around POP's wealth of ancient artifacts and say, "Whoa, I had that." The East Greenwich nostalgia nook — a self-proclaimed "Emporium of Popular Culture" — is a haven for kitsch-o-philes whose memories of the bygone days are still vivid. It doesn't really matter if you're into Red Sox paraphernalia (Yaz freaks take note), albums by actors (Vince Edwards, vocalist?) or "Love Tester" machines (grab the phallic handle and check your libido level) — Darren Hill has it all. A musician who enjoyed acclaim with the Raindogs and Red Rockers, Hill presides over the well-stuffed shop, a one-room flea market where all the crud has been stripped away and only the cool stuff remains. He's been collecting for years and boasts a sharp curatorial eye. That's what makes POP a cultural museum as well as a singular retail treat. Don't forget to try on a fez or two.
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